I’m not really sure where to start.
So I’ll start with this…
This blog is about my journey in healing a traumatic childhood and managing mental illness.
The short story…
I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, PTSD and Depression. That’s a whopper I suppose. I’ve dealt with this since my early 20’s (and probably younger but that’s when diagnoses started happening, I’m in my 40’s now.) So it isn’t new for me. Over the years I have gotten better at managing them through several different strategies both natural and sometimes with the use of medication.
A year ago I found a very good therapist and with her help I am learning about why I am the way I am and how to change some of it and let go of the rest.
My disorders are a direct result of a traumatic childhood spent with an emotionally/mentally abusive, alcoholic parent. That’s a whopper too! Phew! If I am nothing else, I am a survivor! I am strong, I am capable and I have over come a lot. For the most part I am a well-adjusted person and amazingly so, considering how I grew up!
It’s taken me a while to share any of this. I am still hesitant however I have met several people both in life and through social media who also find themselves managing mental illness. Meeting and knowing them as helped me plenty, especially in my darkest time. Also, I’m tired of the stigma attached to people with anxiety and depression. This is my little way of sharing. Maybe I’ll help someone. I have no idea where this is going to take me, I just know…it’s time to share this as it unfolds.
Thanks for listening!